Berkmar Patriots (7-AAAAAAA)
Coach: Willie Gary
Record: 2-5, 0-3 region
Last week: Lost to Central Gwinnett 49-3
Parkview Panthers (7-AAAAAAA)
Coach: Eric Godfree
Record: 6-0, 2-0 region
Last week: Beat Lakeside-DeKalb 59-0
The Battle of the Green Flag — the winner gets to display an aged, green flag as Lilburn champion for a year — still means plenty to Parkview despite winning the last 18 meetings in the rivalry. Berkmar, which last beat Parkview in 1999, has a 6-34 record in the series.
“We have it here, we have it hanging up,” Parkview head coach Eric Godfree said of the Green Flag. “We do make a big deal of it. We’ll put it on the flag pole Friday, and after the game we take it down and the winner takes it.”
Parkview, ranked third in Class AAAAAAA and Gwinnett’s last unbeaten team, is the heavy favorite in the rivalry again. The Panthers dominated Lakeside last week with its usual contributions on offense from Malik Washington (154 total yards, TD), Jordan Williams (11 of 14 passing 202 yards, TD) and Cody Brown (five rushes, 78 yards, TD). Zach Nerbonne led the offensive front and Jared Brown scored twice, on a 12-yard reception and a 40-yard punt return.
Elijah Brown, Bryce Wilson and JoJo Underdue were among the standouts on a defense that posted its second straight shutout to begin region play.
Berkmar stopped its long losing streak with a pair of wins early in the season, but region play has started rough with losses to Brookwood (49-0), Meadowcreek (53-0) and Central Gwinnett (49-3). Despite the setbacks, the Patriots have improved from a season ago under first-year head coach Willie Gary.
“When we showed film Monday, we showed positive plays and negative plays that make you lose the game,” Gary said. “We’re getting some positive plays on teams’ first unit. We’ve just got to do it back to back to back. Once you can do that, you’ll be able to compete in these games.”
Gary said quarterback Donte Henry did some good things last Friday, as did Miles Bryant. Jared Cunningham also continues to deliver, both at free safety and slot receiver.
Last meeting: Parkview won 66-0 last year
Location: Parkview High School
–Article in Gwinnett Daily Post